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Habitat Herald – Feb. 2015

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Habitat Herald – Jan. 2015

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ReStore Alexandria Seeking Experienced Driver/Loader

JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for the pick-up of merchandise from donors, safely packing the merchandise in the ReStore truck and trailer, returning to ReStore and unpacking merchandise.

This position is supervised by: ReStore Manager/Donations Manager ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB INCLUDE:

  1. Passing DOT Certification (involves drug and alcohol testing).
  2. Loading and unloading all donated materials from donors’ homes and businesses.
  3. Screening for product usability when donors call or bring in donations.
  4. Communicating with management regarding incoming donations.
  5. Supervising volunteers, as needed, making their experience meaningful.
  6. Driving HFHNV vehicles to pick-up and deliver donated goods
  7. Maintaining an effective working relationship with ReStore staff, volunteers, Habitat homeowners and ReStore customers.
  8. Operating a cash register to document sale of merchandise. Refer to established pricing schedules and office records to verify pricing.
  9. Processing cash, credit card and check transactions, following established procedures for each type of sale.
  10. Operating a forklift
  11. Answering telephone and providing ReStore information, directions, meeting the caller’s needs.
  12. Daily cleaning and straightening of ReStore drive-thru, keeping it neat and clean.
  13. Other Duties as assigned.

POSITION SPECIFICATIONS:

Unique Knowledge & Skills

  1. Familiarity with and commitment to Habitat’s mission, methods, principles, and structure.
  2. Knowledge and experience in retail sales.
  3. Must pass Criminal Background Check and Sexual Offender Check.
  4. Must be able to safely lift and position up to 100 pounds.
  5. Ability to spend majority of the day standing or moving about ReStore. Work may require climbing ladders, considerable standing, bending, kneeling, and reaching in awkward and tiring positions.
  6. Ability to operate a cash register, office equipment and accurately make change.

Minimum Education and Experience

  1. High school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Must have a driver’s license and maintain a good driving record (requires company’s auto insurance approval).
  3. Minimum one year experience driving a 26-foot box truck.
  4. Must be 25 years of age or older Special Requirements

Special Requirements

  1. DOT Certification
  2. Position requires working 40 hours per week, Monday through Saturday and Sundays (rarely).

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  1. This position may be subject to inclement weather and non-air-conditioned/non-heated office, outdoors/indoors on-location for various activities. Conditions may include:
    1. Loud noises;
    2. Exposure to extreme temperatures
    3. Other various adverse working conditions associated with outdoor work.
  2. Equipment Use
    1. Includes driving a 26 & 10 foot box truck.
    2. Includes use of a fork lift.
    3. Includes use of PC, cash register, laser printer, copy machine, fax machine, and telephone
    4. May include transporting of documents, deposits, contracts, and other critical materials
  3. Work Hours:
    1. Hours to be determined in accordance with the changing needs of the affiliate; currently 40 hours per week
    2. Position may require occasional evening and weekend activities

To apply, please email ccampbell@habitatnova.org.

Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.

Do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers.

 

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Habitat Herald – Dec. 2014

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ReStores Add Clothing Donation Bins

Savers BinsHabitat NOVA’s ReStores recently added Savers Donation Network bins inside the stores for customers to donate clothing, shoes and linens. Habitat NOVA partners with Savers Donation Network, which operates local Savers thrift stores whose sales of donated items help support charities.

Savers accepts items like clothing, shoes, linens and curtains, jewelry, small housewares and soft household items which our ReStores don’t. The partnership generates funds to help support our mission to provide affordable homeownership opportunities in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Falls Church.

Savers also offers free home pick up service. To schedule a donation pick up, please call Savers Donation Network at 855-828-0687 or visit http://www.charity-net.com/partner/hfhnva.

To schedule a pick up of large appliances, furniture, building materials or home improvement supplies, please call ReStore Alexandria (869 S. Pickett St.) at 703-360-6700 or ReStore Chantilly (4311 Walney Rd.) at 703-953-3747, or complete this online form.

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Habitat Herald – Nov. 2014

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Habitat NOVA Breaks Ground on 81st and 82nd New Home Builds

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Media Contact:
Nathan Petrillo
Office: 703-521-9890, ext. 105
npetrillo@habitatnova.org

Habitat NOVA Breaks Ground on 81st and 82nd New Home Builds

ALEXANDRIA, VA (October 31, 2014) – Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA), alongside community and business leaders, and neighborhood residents, celebrated the start of the organization’s 81st and 82nd new home builds yesterday on Clayborne Avenue in Fairfax County. The first of the two partner families selected to purchase these single-family homes participated in the celebration in the Groveton Heights neighborhood.

“We at Habitat NOVA are dedicated to building beautiful, durable and affordable homes for well-qualified, lower-income families to buy,” said Rev. Jon Smoot, executive director of Habitat NOVA, during the groundbreaking ceremony. “We offer a hand up, not a handout, to proud, hard-working families, whose income limits preclude the dream of homeownership on the open market.”

Clayborne_groundbreaking2Habitat NOVA selected Amna and her family for one of these homes. Amna lives with her mother, three brothers and a sister with special needs in a two-bedroom apartment in Fairfax County. The apartment is too small for a family of six, and the rising cost of housing is putting pressure on the family’s budget.

With the hard work of volunteers, and support from generous sponsors like E*Trade, Leidos, The Stafford Foundation, Christopher Companies, Fannie Mae and CapitalOne, and donated professional services from Triad Engineering, Sanchez Palmer Architects and Bean Kinney Korman, Habitat NOVA will help Amna’s family and another family achieve the dream of affordable homeownership with these new builds.

To request high-resolution photos from the groundbreaking ceremony, please click here.

About Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s (Habitat NOVA) unique model of affordable housing focuses on homeownership. Habitat NOVA homeowners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations and volunteer labor to make the home affordable. Habitat NOVA was founded in 1990, and to date has built 80 homes, rehabilitated 6 homes and repaired the exteriors of 25 homes, benefiting more than 400 people. As a local, self-sustaining affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NOVA serves the counties of Fairfax and Arlington and the cities of Falls Church, Fairfax and Alexandria.

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Habitat NOVA Seeking Director of Development

POSITION DESCRIPTION

TITLE: Director of Development
DEPARTMENTS: Development
EFFECTIVE DATE: 12/01/14
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  Full-time, exempt

POSITION SUMMARY:  The goal of this position is to develop and implement strategies and actionable plans for promoting the organization’s mission and programs to external audiences and increasing revenue. The Director of Development (DoD) will lead efforts to identify a diverse portfolio of funding sources; develop an annual fundraising plan that meets the needs of each fiscal year; customize a stewardship plan that addresses the needs of various levels of donors; and organize media and fundraising events that have a return on investment. The DoD is also responsible for executing plans for regular, consistent, integrated communications with all external audiences (donors, volunteers, all other partners); maintaining a clear brand within the NoVa community; and serving as chief editor for the Habitat NoVa website, social media outlets, direct solicitation mailings, annual report, brochures and other marketing materials. This position reports directly to the Executive Director, supervises three development team members, and is a member of the senior management team.

This position is supervised by:      Executive Director

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION INCLUDE: 

  1. Facilitate prospect research on potential partners and donors from various sectors, including corporate, foundation, faith community, and individual. It is expected that at least four new institutional donors be approached in some concrete form each month.
  2. Develop and direct the affiliate’s comprehensive annual marketing and fundraising plan that works to meet the goals of the strategic plan and develops and facilitates both short-term and long-term fundraising plans.
  3. Cultivate and retain existing donors, especially major donors.
  4. Provide monthly reporting of efforts and outcomes first to the Deputy Director and Executive Director, to be shared with the Board of Directors.
  5. Participate in strategic planning activities and budgeting processes as requested.
  6. Manage (along with Media and Communications Manager) any contracts/relationships with vendors related to marketing communications and fundraising.
  7. Organize and manage a minimum of three yearly mail solicitations to individual donors.
  8. Work with Habitat for Humanity International’s regional office in the District to prospect and cultivate major donors.
  9. Work closely with the Development and Campaign Manager to oversee the affiliate’s annual CFC/America’s Charities campaigns.
  10. Work closely with the Development and Campaign Manager and the Outreach and Special Events Manager to guarantee accuracy and integrity of donor information in database and timely management of donor acknowledgements.
  11. Develop and oversee grant proposal research and writing related to any Habitat NoVa revenue source; oversee annual grants calendar, including proposals and applications, and reporting; collaborate with finance and construction staff in completing reports and compliance measures on schedule.
  12. Work closely with the Marketing and Development Committee and other committees, as needed, to ensure implementation of the fundraising and outreach plans, coordination of special events, web site upgrades, and proper utilization of committee volunteer resources to meet goals.
  13. Attend and effectively present the Habitat mission and goals as required to community, faith, civic, business and other organization meetings.
  14. Broaden Habitat NoVa’s fundraising efforts by developing additional funding streams in the areas of planned giving, including but not limited to bequests and endowment gifts.
  15. Oversee the development and implementation of a long-term study of impacts (educational, vocational, etc.) on the families that Habitat NoVa serves.
  16. Take part in public affairs and advocacy initiatives for affordable homeownership and for Habitat NoVa as appropriate
  17. Work closely with relevant team members to coordinate special events, i.e., groundbreaking ceremonies, house dedications, youth and collegiate events, and annual fundraising and networking events.
  18. Oversee and manage day-to-day activities of Marketing & Communications Manager, Development and Campaign Manager, and Outreach and Special Events Manager.
  19. Attend and participate in scheduled Board of Directors meetings as needed, Board and staff retreats, and regional HFHI conferences and trainings as well as other professional development activities.
  20. Work with the Marketing and ReStore management teams to ensure effective community exposure to, and participation in, the mission of the ReStores, including but not limited to cultivation of major home improvement goods donations to the ReStores.
  21. Serve as part of Habitat NOVA’s senior management team.

POSITION SPECIFICATIONS:

Unique Knowledge, Character, and Skills

  1. It is expected that a high level of integrity, leadership, and team building skills will be evident at all times, along with excellent communication skills, written and oral. Moreover, the position requires a strong cross-functional team player who is adaptive, flexible, and consistently supportive of all colleagues.
  2. Familiarity and comfort with Habitat for Humanity’s mission, methods, principles, and
    structure.
  3. Strong foundation in fundraising practices.
  4. Basic legal knowledge of donor rights, do-not-mail laws, freedom of information act, and state regulations covering solicitations for nonprofits.
  5. Knowledge of donor databases and database management, specifically SalesForce.
  6. Knowledge of diverse fundraising streams, and creatively pursue them.
  7. The ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious working relationships with staff, board members, committee chairs, business and community leaders, representatives of civic and community organizations, homeowners, sponsors and volunteers.
  8. Strong, effective, oral communication skills.
  9. Proven experience in, and knowledge of fundraising practices and principles, including annual giving plans, corporate engagement, faith partnerships, and direct mail campaigns.
  10. Ability to relate to, and work with volunteers and families of diverse races, cultures, faiths and income and skill levels.
  11. Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision. 

Minimum Education and Experience

  1. Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  2. Minimum five years’ experience in a fund-raising capacity, involving securing of resources from individuals, corporations, communities of faith, foundations, and government sources.
  3. Demonstrated fund-raising success.
  4. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite and Outlook e-mail, and SalesForce. 

Special Requirements 

  1. This position requires working 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.
  2. This position will require some work outside of regular business hours. 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  1. Indoors in air-conditioned/heated office, outdoors/indoors on-location for various activities.
  2. Equipment Use:
  3. Includes use of PC, laser printer, copy machine, fax machine, and telephone.
  4. May include transporting of documents, deposits, contracts, and other critical materials.
  5. Work Hours:
    1. Hours to be determined in accordance with the evolving needs of the affiliate; currently 40 hours per week.
    2. Position may require occasional morning, evening and weekend activities.

MENTAL, PHYSICAL AND COMMUNICATION DEMANDS:

The mental, physical, and communication demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Office location requires regular use of stairs.
  2. Requires working alone or with minimal supervision. Must be self-motivated.
  3. Requires patience and tact.
  4. Requires intense attention to detail

Applicants can apply by submitting a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to habitatnovadod@gmail.com. Please no calls or walk-ins.

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job related duties required by their supervisor.  This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship, in accordance with the employment laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Habitat NOVA Celebrates Completion of its Newest Home in Falls Church

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Media Contact:
Nathan Petrillo
703-521-9890, ext. 105

Habitat NOVA Celebrates Completion of its Newest Home in Falls Church

FALLS CHURCH, VA (October 10, 2014) – Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA), its partners and its volunteers celebrated the completion of the organization’s 80th new home yesterday in Northern Virginia alongside the deserving family who have achieved the dream of home ownership.

“Habitat NOVA offers qualified, extremely hard-working families like the Khalils, a hand up to home ownership, not a hand out,” said Rev. Jon Smoot, executive director of Habitat NOVA, during a dedication ceremony at Second Baptist Church, around the corner from the new home in Falls Church. “They have earned the right to own this home through their excellent work for a great credit score, ability to repay a zero-interest mortgage and hundreds of hours poured into this home in their sweat equity.”

Since its founding in 1990, Habitat NOVA has helped more than 400 people, like the Khalils, by building 80 new homes, rehabilitating 6 homes and repairing the exteriors of another 25 homes in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Falls Church.

The new home owners left Sudan to seek a better life in America. Their new life has been filled with hard work and the joys of building a family. But despite their efforts, the Khalils endured constant issues finding adequate, healthy and affordable housing. They moved a number of times over the past several years to seek lower rents and better living conditions for their four daughters.

With the hard work of volunteers, and support from generous donors like E*Trade, Stockwell-Frase Family Fund, CapitalOne, Christopher Companies, the Virginia Housing Development Agency, The Stafford Foundation and Leidos, Habitat NOVA helped the family achieve the dream of owning a healthy and affordable home.

“Every square inch of this home is packed with love, laughter, new friends, corporate and community give-back, all-told some 7,000 volunteer hours created this home,” said Rev. Smoot. “Habitat for Humanity truly does harness the power of a community to build affordable homes, creating new community in the process.”

To request high-resolution photos from the event, please click here.

About Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s (Habitat NOVA) unique model of affordable housing focuses on home ownership. Habitat NOVA home owners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations and volunteer labor to make the home affordable. Habitat NOVA was founded in 1990, and to date has built 80 homes, rehabilitated 6 homes and repaired the exteriors of 25 homes, benefiting more than 400 people. As a local, self-sustaining affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NOVA serves the counties of Fairfax and Arlington and the cities of Falls Church, Fairfax and Alexandria. Learn more at www.habitatnova.org.

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Habitat Herald – Oct. 2014

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